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First-day sales of Galaxy S9 only 70 pct of predecessor

All Headlines 09:33 March 10, 2018

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- The first-day sales performance of Samsung Electronics Co.'s new flagship Galaxy S9 smartphones were around 70 percent of the previous series in South Korea, industry sources showed Saturday, reflecting the market's weaker-than-expected reaction.

According to the sources, 180,000 units of Galaxy S9 smartphones were distributed through the country's three mobile carriers on Friday, lower than the 260,000 units posted by the Galaxy S8 series. Samsung's new smartphone is currently available only to preorder buyers.

The official release of the smartphone is slated for next Friday.

Even considering the fact that the Galaxy S8 series set a record in terms of first-day sales, industry watchers said the performance of the latest flagship still hovered below expectations.

Although Samsung has been declining to disclose preorder figures for the Galaxy S9 smartphones, industry watchers presumed that the performance would be roughly 70 to 80 percent of the Galaxy S8 series, pointing out that the new devices lack innovative features.

Maintaining most of design from the Galaxy S8, the new smartphone features a rear camera with a variable aperture that can automatically or manually switch between F1.5 and F2.4. Users can also make optimized emojis based on their selfies.

Models pose for a photo with the Galaxy S9 smartphone at a launch ceremony held by South Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co., on March 9, 2018. (Yonhap)

colin@yna.co.kr
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